The term PEV Readiness describes the level of preparedness of a city or region for a larger number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in terms of charging infrastructure, support policies/regulations, public awareness, etc. This preparedness is considered as critical for encouraging a larger number of drivers to choose electric over the traditional fossil fuel vehicles which in turn is the key to a cleaner and greener transportation.
How “Ready” are We?
Even though there has been a major progress in terms of PEV Readiness and a number of cities – and in some cases, entire regions – have become much more friendly to EVs, we are still largely unprepared for EVs, especially for larger numbers of EVs. Thus on the one hand, both government and non-government organizations are encouraging drivers to “go electric”, emphasizing the benefits of EVs for the environment, economy and energy security. But on the other hand, not enough effort is being put into improving the PEV Preparedness. So if there would be a mass response to the calls to switch to EVs, there is a great chance that the system would collapse.
PEV Readiness isn’t Just About Charging Infrastructure
Well-developed charging infrastructure may be one of the key indicators of PEV Readiness but being prepared for EVs requires much more than just building charging stations. In order to make EVs a cleaner yet economically viable and convenient alternative to fossil fuel vehicles, cities and regions should take a series of measures to facilitate the development of infrastructure, increase consumer awareness and address the main drivers’ concerns. These besides limited charging infrastructure also include:
Higher initial purchase price. Driving an EV may be cheaper than a car powered by regular gasoline, however, buying an EV requires a higher initial investment. The good news is that many governments have recognized the higher initial purchase price as a serious drawback. To make EVs more appealing to drivers, many countries are offering various incentives and grants for purchase of an EV.
Range anxiety. The fear that the battery will run out before reaching the desired destination has been shown to be one of the leading reasons why EVs haven’t been adopted by a larger number of drivers. To counter range anxiety, governments and EV manufacturers are intensively working on creating an extensive charging infrastructure as well as developing alternative solutions such battery swapping programs. But they are also investing heavily into awareness raising campaigns with an aim to inform the public about the progress of technology and increase the interest in EVs.